According to conflict theorists, the persistence of social class inequality can be linked to the educational institutions in the United States. Although education is asserted to be a social equalizer, many argue that the educational system is a mechanism of social reproduction that maintains social inequality rather than ensuring equality of opportunity. For this discussion, you will read Chapters 10 and 11 of the text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense, and review the article, Foundations of Educational Inequality.
Answer the following questions:
- What factors influence the quality of education that an individual receives?
- How is social class reproduced through the educational system?
- How is this continuing educational inequality impacting other social institutions?